The World’s 7 Billionth Person, Pakistan Grants Most Favored Nation to India | Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2011

Baby Nargis, the world's 7 billionth person. Credit: Plan International

Baby Nargis, the world's 7 billionth person. Credit: Plan International

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Washington quietly makes changes to its drone program in Pakistan, Bangladesh signs a nuclear plant deal with Russia and Mumbai jumps on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon.

Oh, baby! According to various reports, the world’s population surpassed 7 billion this Halloween. According to Plan International, the baby who tipped the scales was born in India’s Uttar Pradesh. Although this baby, named Nargis, symbolizes the explosive growth of the global population, it seems we’re not done yet. Experts estimate the world will take on another 2 billion people over the course of 40 years. [TIME NewsFeed]

Cooling It Reports indicate that Washington may restrict drone strikes in Pakistan over concerns of a worsening relationship with Islamabad. A new set of rules intend to “minimize the diplomatic blowback,” according to The Australian. One such change is halting attacks when Pakistani officials visit the United States. Other rules grant forewarning of attacks to Islamabad; rather than taking control from the CIA, officials say there will be more Pakistanis involved. It is unclear whether Pakistanis will have any role in preventing future strikes. [The Australian]

Not Quite BFFs Pakistan granted India Most Favored Nation status this week, returning the favor after 15 years. This move would allow an increase in trade that would amount to $6 billion within three years–double the amount today. Following this would-be good news, a senior Indian official accused Pakistan of “backtracking” on the deal, which Islamabad immediately denied. [Reuters]

The In Crowd Bangladesh is set to join 30 other nations in attaining nuclear power, thanks to a new deal with Russia. The inter-governmental agreement will allow Bangladesh to build a 2,000 megawatt nuclear plant in its northwest region of Pabna. Russia will supply nuclear fuel to the plant, which officials hope will help solve Bangladesh’s myriad energy problems. [Asia Times Online]

Starting Small A group of 40 protesters were arrested Friday, out of a group of 100 who gathered illegally in Mumbai, according to police. In the vein of OWS, activists spoke out against social ills like corruption, inequality and government inefficiency. Participants believed their voices may serve to jolt the Indian government out of complacency and direct focus to pressing issues like starvation. [Reuters]

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